The Best Sterling Hayden Movies 

Updated June 11, 2019 491 votes 140 voters 10.1k views 39 items

List Rules Vote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

List of the best Sterling Hayden movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Sterling Hayden's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Sterling Hayden movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Sterling Hayden movies will be at the top of the list. Sterling Hayden has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Sterling Hayden movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Sterling Hayden films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Sterling Hayden role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Sterling Hayden performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Examples of films on this list include A Carol for Another Christmas and So Big.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Sterling Hayden movies?" and "What are the greatest Sterling Hayden roles of all time?"

Sterling Hayden was no stranger to working with popular directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman and Francis Ford Coppola. Sterling Hayden was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Ray Milland and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in terms of fame and success.

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
Dr. Strangelove or: How ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sterling Hayden Movies
James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes fears of a nuclear ...more

More Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 

#54 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #111 of 366 The Best Movies Based On Books #700 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

Ranker Video
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers ...more

More The Godfather 

How 'The Godfather' Became An American Classic Even Though It Was 'Nightmarish' Behind The Scenes #6 of 366 The Best Movies Based On Bookslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

Ranker Video
Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore

Released: 1950

Directed by: John Huston

The Asphalt Jungle is a 1950 film noir directed by John Huston. The caper film is based on the 1949 novel of the same name by W. R. Burnett and stars an ensemble cast including Sterling Hayden, ...more
Ranker Video
Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards

Released: 1956

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

This film is a 1956 film noir produced by James B. Harris and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was written by Kubrick and Jim Thompson and based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White. The ...more

More The Killing 

#77 of 114 The Best Mafia Films #32 of 34 The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops #10 of 36 The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked

Ranker Video
Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Royal Dano

Released: 1954

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

Johnny Guitar is a 1954 American Republic Pictures western drama film starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, and Scott Brady. The screenplay was based upon a novel by Roy ...more

More Johnny Guitar 

#194 of 395 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #14 of 15 Bartenders In Movies, Ranked By Whether You'd Want Them To Pour You Another One #19 of 21 The Best Western Movies Streaming on Hulu

Ranker Video
Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, Paul Frees

Released: 1954

Directed by: Lewis Allen

Suddenly is a 1954 American film noir thriller directed by Lewis Allen with a screenplay written by Richard Sale. The drama features Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason and Nancy ...more
Ranker Video
Charles Bronson, Sterling Hayden, James Bell

Released: 1954

Directed by: André de Toth

Crime Wave is a 1954 film noir, directed by André De Toth. It was adapted from a short story which originally appeared in The Saturday Evening Post - Criminal Mark by John and Ward
Ranker Video
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elliott Gould, Henry Gibson

Released: 1973

Directed by: Robert Altman

The Long Goodbye is a 1973 neo-noir film directed by Robert Altman and based on Raymond Chandler's 1953 novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Leigh Brackett, who cowrote the ...more

More The Long Goodbye 

#234 of 280 The Best Whodunit Movies #217 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #16 of 49 The Best Good Movies

Ranker Video
Chuck Connors, Gene Barry, Sterling Hayden

Released: 1954

Directed by: Jerry Hopper

Naked Alibi is a 1954 black-and-white film noir crime drama starring Sterling Hayden, Gloria Grahame and Gene Barry. Portions of the film were shot in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
Ranker Video
Barbara Stanwyck, Raymond Burr, Fay Wray

Released: 1957

Directed by: Gerd Oswald

Crime of Passion is a 1957 American crime film noir directed by Gerd Oswald and written by Jo Eisinger. The drama features Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden and Raymond Burr.
The Iron Sheriff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sterling Hayden Movies
The Iron Sheriff Sterling Hayden, Constance Ford, John Dehner

Released: 1957

Directed by: Sidney Salkow

The Iron Sheriff is a 1957 Western.
Ranker Video
Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Frank Ferguson

Released: 1958

Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis

Terror in a Texas Town is a 1958 American Western film, directed by Joseph Lewis and starring Sterling Hayden. The script of Terror in a Texas Town was written by Dalton Trumbo one of the ...more
Ranker Video
Edmond O'Brien, Sterling Hayden, Dean Jagger

Released: 1952

Directed by: Byron Haskin

Denver and Rio Grande is a western film, directed by Byron Haskin and released by Paramount Pictures in 1952. The film is a dramatization of the building of the Denver and Rio Grande railway, ...more
Ranker Video
Ernest Borgnine, Sterling Hayden, Arthur Hunnicutt

Released: 1955

Directed by: Frank Lloyd

The Last Command is a 1955 Trucolor film about Jim Bowie and the fall of the Alamo during the Texas War of Independence in 1836. Filmed by Republic Pictures, the picture was an unusually ...more
Ranker Video
Elizabeth Taylor, Jeff Bridges, Eli Wallach

Released: 1979

Directed by: William Richert

This film is a 1979 film, directed by William Richert, based on the novel by Richard Condon. Its cast includes Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Richard Boone, Toshirō ...more
Ranker Video
Hellgate James Arness, Joan Leslie, Sterling Hayden

Released: 1952

Directed by: Charles Marquis Warren

Hellgate is a 1952 film directed by Charles Marquis Warren.
Ranker Video
Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1976

Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci

1900 is a 1976 Italian epic film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, starring Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Donald Sutherland, Alida Valli, and Burt Lancaster. Set in ...more

More 1900 

#281 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #241 of 322 The Best Political Films Ever Made #62 of 87 The Best Robert De Niro Movies

Ranker Video
Top Gun Sterling Hayden, William Bishop

Released: 1955

Directed by: Ray Nazarro

Top Gun is a 1955 film directed by Ray Nazarro.
Ranker Video
Sterling Hayden, William Schallert, Richard Carlson

Released: 1952

Directed by: Lesley Selander

Flat Top is a 1952 American drama film directed by Lesley Selander and starring Sterling Hayden, with early appearances from Phyllis Coates, Jack Larson, Richard Carlson, and William Schallert. ...more
Ranker Video
Sterling Hayden, Clayton Moore, Barton MacLane

Released: 1953

Directed by: Ray Nazarro

Kansas Pacific is a 1953 U.S. Cinecolor western film released by Allied Artists Pictures and directed by Ray Nazarro. It stars Sterling Hayden and Eve Miller. The film offers a fictionalized ...more
Ranker Video
Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland, Eva Marie Saint

Released: 1964

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

A Carol for Another Christmas is a 1964 American television movie, scripted by Rod Serling as a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a plea for global cooperation between ...more
Ranker Video
Adolphe Menjou, Sterling Hayden, Jim Davis

Released: 1955

Directed by: Joseph Kane

Timberjack is a film directed by Joseph Kane that was released in 1955.
Ranker Video
Sterling Hayden, Werner Klemperer, Ruth Roman

Released: 1957

Directed by: Henry S. Kesler

5 Steps to Danger is a 1957 American Cold War spy film. It was directed by Henry S. Kesler, and starred Ruth Roman and Sterling Hayden, with a cast that also included Werner Klemperer, Richard ...more
Ranker Video
El Paso Gail Russell, Sterling Hayden, George "Gabby" Hayes

Released: 1949

Directed by: Lewis R. Foster

El Paso is a 1949 American Western film directed by Lewis R. Foster.
Ranker Video
Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Debra Paget

Released: 1954

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Prince Valiant is a 1954 adventure film in Technicolor and Cinemascope, based on the comic strip of the same name by Hal Foster. A young man seeks to join the Knights of the Round Table in order ...more

More Prince Valiant 

#98 of 189 The Best Medieval Movies #40 of 134 The Best Swashbuckler Movies #18 of 28 The Best Movies About Vikings